Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sept. 29 & 30: Rock for Autism

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:05 AM

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If you haven't checked out Santa Rosa’s Rock Star University’s House of Rock concert venue, this weekend is the perfect opportunity, as the space hosts two benefit concerts for the Anova School for Autism and Learning Differences. Friday features nationally touring Journey tribute act Faithfully, and Saturday brings Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks, rocking out to the David Lee Roth–era of the classic group. Local teens V Squared open both shows, and 100 percent of ticket sales go to building a much-needed playground for Anova students. Sept. 29–30, at House of Rock, 3410 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm, both nights. $25–$40. rockstaruniversity.com.
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Oct. 1: Days of Agriculture in Yountville

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:02 AM

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Napa Valley’s harvest is in full swing, and the town of Yountville commemorates the occasion at the 40th annual Yountville Days parade and festival. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Our Agricultural History,” and includes wineries, vineyard owners, farmers and other local businesses marching down the town’s Washington Street from Veterans Park to Yountville Park. Once the parade reaches its destination, the festival gathers several food vendors, beer and wine from the local Kiwanis Club and Yountville school PTA, and live music from big-band swing group On the Avenue. The family-friendly day happens Sunday, Oct. 1, at 6516 Washington St., Yountville. 10am, parade; 11am, festival. Free admission. townofyountville.com.
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Oct. 1: New Harvest in Fulton

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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After two decades of spotlighting heirloom tomatoes in their fall festival, the discerning harvesters at Kendall-Jackson are expanding their palette with their inaugural Harvest Celebration. The indulgent experience still features the popular tomatoes, though this fest features much more, with locally sourced plates of food from over a dozen purveyors, seminars on everything from beekeeping to barrel making, painting sessions, live music and more. Proceeds from tickets sales benefit the nonprofit UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Celebrate the harvest on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 11am. $125. 707.576.3810.
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Oct. 2-3: Haunted Harvest in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 5:57 AM

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Last year, filmmaker Tom Wyrsch documented local ghost stories in his film Haunted Sonoma County. This autumn, Wyrsch is back with a new spooky spectacle on the North Bay in his new documentary ‘Haunted Wine Country.’ Among the picturesque vineyards and valleys, the film exposes an array of scary encounters and spirited experiences as recounted by paranormal experts, authors and historians, who all examine how the allure of wine country brought both hard-working homesteaders and Wild West adventurers, some of whom never left! The film premieres with cast and crew in attendance, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 2–3, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 7pm. $15. 707.996.9756.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sept. 21: Musical Destination in Napa Valley

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:05 AM

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Napa Valley Wine Train’s inaugural ‘Rock the Rails’ concert series is midway through a season of dynamic live performances paired with a round-trip tour aboard the train to a rotating winery venue. This month, the series moves to Grgich Hills Estate and presents superstar Sheila E in concert. The Bay Area native and acclaimed singer and percussionist is fresh off the release of her new soul-pop album, Iconic: Message 4 America. Opening the show is Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo's All Star Band—Sheila E’s brothers. Dinner aboard the train sets the mood on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Wine Train station, 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. 5pm. $99 and up; $79 for concert only. winetrain.com.
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Sept. 22: Imagine History in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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Napa-based artist, author and Notre Dame de Namur University instructor Rick Deragon’s new book, ‘Fire in the Year of Four Emperors,’ may be a work of fiction, but its attention to detail and densely layered political intrigue is so spot-on that it makes the story—about four Roman generals vying for power in the year 69 A.D.—feel like it really happened. Published this summer, Fire in the Year’s vividly realized characters experience a sprawling scope of adventures that hooks the reader and sets the table for a larger saga. Deragon reads from Fire in the Year of Four Emperors on Friday, Sept. 22, at Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St., Napa. 6pm. Free. 707.733.3199.
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Sept. 23: Shining Bright in Cotati

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 4:58 AM

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Longtime Sonoma County musician Bobby Jo Valentine is known for his pop melodies and emotionally resonant lyrics, and his latest album, Maybe Stars, is no exception. The songwriter delves into his own personal path toward spiritual peace and weaves inspiring tales about following your dreams and listening to your heart on the new album. He spreads the love with an album-release show this weekend. Valentine’s full band—Dennis and Ruthie Haneda and David Fairchild—plus special guests Amie Penwell, Amy Hogan and John Roy Zat join him for the show on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 8pm. $10. 707.795.7868.
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Sept. 22-24: Fresco Films in Glen Ellen

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 4:55 AM

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The 31st annual Wine Country Film Festival pairs diverse international and independent feature-length and short films, the picturesque setting of Sonoma Valley, and engaging seminars and culinary experiences featuring special guests from the world of film and food. This year’s schedule includes a spotlight on an array of topics, like Iranian films, food and wine, “eco cinema” and more, with events like a storytelling master class from director and cinematographer Patrick Morell. This year also boasts Films al Fresco, screenings under the stars, Friday, Sept. 22, to Sunday, Sept. 24, at Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. Passes start at $75 for locals. wcff.us/2017.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sept. 16: Farm Fun in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 6:05 AM

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You don't have to be a farmer to have a hay barrel of fun at the fourth annual Agrarian Games this weekend. The Farmers Guild hosts the event, but it’s open to city slickers and anyone interested in sustainable community agriculture. In addition to a farmers market full of fresh, locally grown and raised fruits, vegetables, meat and more, the day boasts competitions in butter churning, hay bale tossing, watermelon seed spitting and other activities. There’s also live music by the Hubbub Club, Oddjob Ensemble and others, interactive artwork, information booths and family fun on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Petaluma Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Noon to 6pm. $10–$15; kids under five are free. farmersguild.org.
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Sept. 16: Multimedia Laughs in Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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San Francisco’s Mike Capozzola is a comedy jack-of-all-trades. He’s known at clubs and theaters in the United States and Britain for his sharp but silly standup acts, though he’s also a prolific comedy writer and gifted illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in MAD Magazine, McSweeney’s and other national publications. This weekend, Capozzola puts all of those talents to use in his latest pop-culture mashup, Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters. Mixing fantastical visuals with irreverent humor, Capozzola’s one-man show celebrates and dissects superheroes, secret agents, science-fiction creatures and more on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Raven Film Center,
415 Center St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $10. 707. 525.8909.
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